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When the air grows cooler and we begin to pull out our warmer winter clothes, it’s nice to have a pair of toasty, interesting socks to display – like these boot slipper socks comprised of granny square hexagons. With only six hexagons and a sole needed for each foot, this easy pattern is sure to warm your toes in no time!
You’ll need to choose three complimentary colors of worsted weight acrylic yarn (Red Heart is suggested, as it is stiffer) – you could crochet a pair of holiday-colored socks, or choose your favorite colors, or even decide on one color and pick three shades.
From there you’ll need to determine your size in order to find out which hook will suit. If you’re a small, you’ll need an “F” hook, a medium will be a “G” hook, an “H” will make a large pair of sock slippers, and “I” will result in an extra large.
There aren’t too many complicated stitches (mostly basic stitches such as sl st, sc, dc, and trc), though the free pattern does walk through a few yarn over and front/back loop stitches.
It should be noted that there is some assembly required, as the hexagons and sole, once complete, will either need to be crocheted or sewn together (if sewing, remember you will need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle). This pattern is still labeled “Easy”, however, because it is worked flat and then assembled.
If you’d like to try your hand at a pair of these swingin’ sock slippers, you can find the instructions on the Free Pattern page at Priscilla’s Crochet.
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Who doesn’t love classic Disney? If you’ve got a precious little bundle in your life that needs an introduction to the wonderful world of Mickey & Minnie, this Minnie Mouse ensemble is the perfect project – it’s sure to turn some heads!
For the complete project, you’ll need the following:
- Worsted weight yarn (black, red, and white)
- Two crochet hooks (size D and H)
- Yarn Needle
You’ll also need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet together (sc2tog), double crochet together (dc2tog), and back loop only (blo).
While this might seem a bit intimidating at first, the work is all done at the beginning with gathering the materials. Once you have everything together, you’ll only need to know basic stitches to complete this project. Also, since each piece is so small, they won’t take hardly any time at all to whip up. You might even want to make a couple sets!
The end result? A mouse cap, a polka-dot skirt, and little dress shoes. The patterns are also easy to customize, which can be done utilizing varying colors, buttons, and bows (The pattern recommends bows on the shoes and beanie).
All the patterns are for size 0-3 months, though of course if you want a larger size, you can commission a set from the provider of these patterns, Knotty Knotty Crochet.
You can find the instructions for the patterns as well as the links to the tutorials on Knotty Knotty Crochet.
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Baby blankets make the perfect gift for expectant parents – they’re soft, wear well, and are made with lots of love. However, if you’ve made two, three, four or more with the same basic, unimaginative pattern, you might want to try something new.
How about this tri-color turtle shell blanket and beanie? The finished look is adorable, perfect for newborn photo ops or a costume party.
Labeled an “Easy” project, this blanket-and-beanie duo are quick work with a medium weight worsted yarn (make sure it’s soft and non-itchy! Machine washable is always a bonus too) and size “G” (6) and “I” (9) needles.
You’ll also need a pair of scissors and a yarn needle to tie up those loose ends. There aren’t any fancy stitches (the pattern uses slip stitch, chain stitch, single crochet and half double crochet), although the pattern does begin with a Magic Circle.
You’ll be using three different colors of yarn (recommended colors are two shades of green and another earthy, natural, complimentary color like brown or yellow) and creating six pentagons to sew together for the shell. The beanie is crocheted separately with one color of yarn, although you could mix it up if you want a challenge.
This Etsy listing from Easy Peasy Grandma allows you to purchase the pattern for both blanket and beanie. You can find a similar pattern by Corina Gray for free on the Stitch11 site if you’re looking for something sans price tag.
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When the first snap of cold air hits, many of us find ourselves grabbing for a pair of slippers to keep our toes toasty. If you’re in need of a pair this season, these Cloud Nine Slippers fit the bill to a tee. They’re a quick project, medium difficulty, and are both comfy and cute.
To make your own pair of these delightfully cozy slippers, you’ll need a size “N” crochet hook and the secret ingredient, Bernat Blanket yarn, which is the reason why these slippers feel so luxurious.
You’ll also need to know the following stitches: chain, slip stitch, single, double, half double crochet, and both front post and back post double crochet, as well as “sc2tog” and “hdc2tog” and “dc3tog” (single crochet two stitches together, half double crochet two stitches together, and double crochet three stitches together). These are standard crochet stitches and can be learned quickly from a variety of tutorials and videos.
The pattern, which is free, comes in three sizes: 5-6 1/2, 7-8 1/2, and 9-10 1/2. The slippers are worked from the sole up in ten rounds – a chart at the end of the pattern is available for your convenience.
These slippers would make a perfect gift for charities during the holidays, as well as family (particularly older relatives), friends, and of course, yourself.
You can find the free pattern at Dorianna Rivelli’s site, The Lavender Chair.
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The only sad part about receiving a bouquet of flowers is the knowledge that their time is limited. Petals drop, colors fade, and all too soon the beautiful gift is gone. If you’re wondering how to avoid this and present a friend with a congratulatory gesture that will last, you might consider crocheting one or more of these beautiful white roses.
According to the people over at ProFlower , white roses are used to represent love and hope for new beginnings and are often used in formal ceremonies such as christenings, graduations, weddings, and anniversaries. They can be used in bouquets, boutonnieres, arrangements, or as embellishments on cakes, presents, and clothing.
These crocheted roses are even more versatile, and are a simple on-the-go project (just remember to keep a bag for the finished petals). You’ll need to know the following stitches: single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and increase (both single and double). There is also a simple chart that lists the terminology in US terms, as well as photo tutorials for each of the stitches. Since this pattern was not originally in English, it uses diagrams to illustrate.
A fun thing about this project is that you can choose any needle size, meaning you can make the roses as large or small as you choose. This would also apply to the type of yarn. You can also adjust the fullness of the rose depending on how many petals you crochet, which would allow each to be unique, and, when completely assembled, would result in a more realistic bouquet.
If, of course, you’d prefer a bouquet of non-white roses, there’s nothing stopping you from using whichever dye lot or variegated yarn you choose.
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The Guinness Book of World Records holds some fascinating information about people all over the world who have beaten the odds and had the honor of holding a world record. Most of the ones we see or hear about are the athletic or odd world records, but there are in fact several crochet world records, held by people around the world from the USA to India. Read on to learn some facts about the fastest crocheter, the longest crochet chain, and the biggest crocheted blanket ever made.
#1 Fastest Crocheter – Lisa Gentry
In 2005, Lisa Gentry landed the world record as fastest crocheter when she showed up to a Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store in Louisiana and began hooking shell stitches. The number of stitches per minute? 170 – for a total of 5,113 stitches in just half an hour.
#2 Longest Crochet Chain – Anne Vanier-Drussel
In 2008, Anne Vanier-Drussel of France began working on what would become the longest crochet chain in the world, measuring a total of 130 kilometers (or just above 80 miles). Once completed, it was taken to Aniane, France to be measured and presented for the world record.
#3 Largest Display of Yarn Sculptures – Craft Club (UK)
In 2014, the Craft Club of Thundersley, Essex put together a display of 13,388 yarn sculptures. Craft Clubs are part of a national campaign to keep crafts and hobbies in schools and began in 2009. If you’d like to know more, visit their website: www.craftscouncil.org/uk
#4 Most People Crocheting Simultaneously – American University of Nigeria
In 2015, students attending the American University in Yola, Nigeria got together and crocheted for 20 minutes. They won the world record with a count of 485 people, beating the previous record of 426 people crocheting simultaneously for 15 minutes. If you’d like to read more of their story, you may do so at the following: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/195554-american-university-of-nigeria-enters-guinness-world-record.html
#5 Largest Crochet Blanket – 67 Blankets For Nelson Madela Day, The Department of Correctional Services and the Nelson Mandela Foundation
In 2016, the largest blanket ever crocheted was made by 1,500 inmates in 30 correctional centers around South Africa, measuring 185,016 square feet. Drakenstein Correctional Center, where the final assemblage took place, had housed Nelson Mandela for a short period prior to his release.
If you’d like to read more about crochet world records, The Guiness Book of World Records (online) has even more information here: Guiness World Records (search “Crochet”)
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If you’ve ever tried to dress a small child, more than likely you’ve dealt with wriggly little feet that didn’t want to be stuffed down into shoes. Socks can sometimes be a challenge as well – which is why Whistle & Ivy’s “Crochet Baby Strap Flip-Flop Sandals” are a great item to have in a baby’s wardrobe, as they let tiny toes breathe but keep them warm and safe too!
These darling slippers, perfect for both spring and summer, are easy to customize in both size and color, and work well for all babies, size 0-12 months. A PDF pattern is available for sale but the instructions are free on the website, in sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 month.If you’re more comfortable watching someone over reading the pattern, there is a video tutorial available (the link is included on the instructions) for the slippers in 3-6 month size.
You’ll need the standard tools (a medium-weight yarn, an “F” size hook and a yarn needle) and you’ll need to know a few basic stitches, including slip stitch, double crochet and half double crochet. It should be noted that the pattern uses American terms.
After you’re done making a pair (or two), you can easily show off your creation via Whistle & Ivy’s Facebook group or tag the photo on Instagram. It’s always fun to connect and see how others added their own twist to the pattern. Who knows, you may get inspiration for your next pair!
The pattern for these cute, easy-to-make sandals can be found at the Whistle & Ivy’s website (click here).
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Finding a simple, clear crochet pattern can be difficult. There are plenty of options, but do you really have time to comb through them all to find the ideal project? If you’re stuck and want some help sifting through the thousands upon thousands of blogs, websites, youtube videos, and pins, there are three websites that are concise, user-friendly, and have specific search engine options.
The first website is Ravelry which can be used to search and store patterns in a queue or “library”. I’ve used Ravelry for several years and prefer it over all other websites because I can be very specific with my search, even down to how much yarn I have and the size of the needle I want to use.
Ravelry also allows you to showcase your work, upload patterns to sell, and connect with other fibre artists. It’s the complete package – without costing a dime in membership fees. I also appreciate that they don’t send out e-mails to clog your inbox.
The next site is Lion Brand, which is crisp, professional, and has several free patterns available. When I want to browse free patterns and read through them, I’ll visit this site. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Ravelry, I do like its pristine look and quality options.
It’s also helpful because you can buy your materials on the site, and if you sign up for their e-mails, you’ll receive alerts about their deals and new patterns.
The last site is Happy Berry, run by Laura Eccleston, who also produces crochet video content on YouTube. If you want help learning a new stitch or following a pattern, this is the site for you. She has several fun patterns available for free on the site, including holiday projects, amigurumi, and baby clothes.
I enjoy Laura’s beautiful photography, the bright, cheery tone of the website, and the clear instructions in the videos.
When searching for free patterns or new projects online, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Find two or three sites you really like, join a forum, and see how far you get with those. You can always branch out and discover more later.
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Ever think about how much money we spend on replacement cleaning items? There are so many plastic, chemical components to our cleaning routines that we can afford to quit replacing and make our own, cleaner options. One of these simple replacements is to trade out the quickly-used, often expensive cleaning pads for a crocheted cover that can be washed and re-used over and over again. It’s so easy, and you’ll save money and the environment by not having to throw out store-bought refills after one use.
It’s really that easy. With a free pattern, some cotton yarn and a hook, and an hour or so, you can crochet up two or three of these and have them ready for your next cleaning bout. They’re especially helpful for hardwood floors, as the cotton won’t scratch the floors while they’re being polished.
Here’s what you’ll need according to the free patterns we found: 100% cotton yarn in any color (though it is noted that grey or green hides the dirt really well and won’t ‘bleed’ out in the wash – Peaches ‘N Cream is suggested, as it comes in a good size and many colors), a corresponding size crochet hook, a tapestry needle, and scissors. You’ll need to measure your cleaning equipment and work out how big to make your cover, though there are some guidelines provided in the patterns.
The stitches most often used are chain (ch), double crochet (dc), front post double crochet (fpdc), and back post double crochet (bpdc).
There are a variety of patterns to choose from, including Inhabitat.com’s list of free pattern options, or Stitch 11’s free cover pattern, or DragonFaeriee’s free pattern on Ravelry. Each one of them is simple enough that you can create your own bevy of cleaning supplies in no time flat without ever having to spend more of your hard-earned time or money on purchasing refill packets ever again.
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